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Privacy and cookies

Introduction

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example:

You can manage these small files and learn more about them from the BBC article What are cookies?

If you'd like to learn how to remove cookies set on your device, find out more at All About Cookies.

HSE 'First-party' cookies

Main HSE site

Additional cookies on the main HSE website at www.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
SITRACER# (random number)
Expires:
As soon as you leave page
Purpose:
  • So service is available when you want it and fast, we measure numbers and volumes of visitors
  • To understand what visitors want to use and not to use, so we can improve the service you receive and archive what is not used

Name of cookie:
hseCookieNotify
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To hide the cookie notification information once closed by the user

Name of cookie:
hseFontSize
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To ensure a users font size preference is saved between visits

Name of cookie:
hseRate
Expires:
1 day
Purpose:
To remember that a user has rated a page

Name of cookie:
hseToolboxPopup
Expires:
1 year
Purpose:
To direct new visitors towards the most appropriate part of the website

Communities

Additional cookies on HSE's communities at webcommunities.hse.gov.uk

Name of cookie:
CFTOKEN (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
JSESSIONID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
CFID (random number)
Expires:
End of session
Purpose:
In completing a task, to enable you to complete the task without re-entering information already given, linking you to your (anonymous) session on the server

Name of cookie:
SpiderLogon
Expires:
End of session, or if asked to 'remember my details' the +30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, so you don’t have to do it for every Web page you request from our service

Name of cookie:
SpiderRememberMeLogon
Expires:
+30 years
Purpose:
Once you have logged on with username and password, to make it easier to log in again if you choose 'Remember me'

Name of cookie:
SpiderUserPrefs
Expires:
1 month
Purpose:
To remember your selections or preferences that you've already made when looking at information or using a service

Third-party cookies

Google analytics

The main HSE website and the following subdomains all use Google analytics to allow us to measure how the site is used and to improve the service:

So the following cookies are served on all the above.

Google analytics cookies
Name Expiry Purpose
_ga 2 years Used to distinguish users.
_gid 24 hours Used to distinguish users.
_dc_gtm_UA324220-1 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
HSETRACK    
nmstat 2 years This cookie is used to help visitors’ use of the website. It is used to collect statistics about site usage, such as when the visitor last visited the site. This information is then used to improve the user experience on the website. This Siteimprove Analytics cookie contains a randomly generated ID used to recognize the browser when a visitor reads a page. The cookie contains no personal information and is used only for web analytics.
_gat_UA-324220-1 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm
_gali 30 Secs Enhanced link attribution plug-in differentiates between links to the same URL using the element IDs of a link or a parent element, as well as a cookie
_gat 1 minute Used to throttle request rate. If Google Analytics is deployed via Google Tag Manager, this cookie will be named _dc_gtm_<property-id>.
Google.com    
NID   Google uses cookies like NID and SID to help customize ads on Google properties, like Google Search. For example, we use such cookies to remember your most recent searches, your previous interactions with an advertiser’s ads or search results, and your visits to an advertiser’s website
CONSENT    

Google analytics opt out

To stop Google collecting this information, use the following link to opt out of all Google analytics.

Social media

The code provided by Twitter to include Twitter functionality on our website may set cookies. For information about Twitter cookies go to the Twitter privacy policy.

HSE Books

Our HSE Books site is currently managed by a third-party. For further information on the cookies they use visit the HSE Books site.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you.

However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by our websites, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The ‘Help’ function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your machine as well as more general information about cookies.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our website.

If you wish to view your cookie code, just click on a cookie to open it. You'll see a short string of text and numbers. The numbers are your identification card, which can only be seen by the server that gave you the cookie.

For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Updated: 2018-05-23